Right to Work Coming to Michigan

In all likelihood, Michigan will be a right to work state by this time next week.

There have been rumors of such a development for about a week … and near certainty the GOP-dominated legislature would pass laws gutting unions (particularly teachers’ unions, along with public education) in the lame duck session. But reports are right-to-work will come to the floor tomorrow. It’ll pass the House easily. It will probably pass the Senate (Dems were just beginning to pressure State Senators not to pass it; this quick trigger will short-circuit that effort). And while Rick Snyder has equivocated on whether or not he will veto it, it seems quite likely he will sign it.

All this comes on the heels of unions’ failed effort to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, which moneyed interests defeated with ads asserting, simply, it would be dangerous, and for which unions failed (IMHO) to generate support outside of union households.

And while some observers suggest this will set off another effort to overturn the right to work legislation, for the short term, at least, it will add Michigan to those states that are racing to the bottom, offering under-educated workers for low wages rather than better educated, more stable workers.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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emptywheel @SYoungReports A good question. I don't know the answer.
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emptywheel @dametzger Already know that. VERY big GOP donors.
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emptywheel RT @stcolumbia: the American tax regime has lost a peel for multinational fruit companies
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bmaz @DLind There he is!!
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emptywheel It's getting so banana companies aren't even grateful for free coups and immunity from terrorism charges anymore.
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emptywheel Also reason to believe Chiquita worked off material support for terrorism charge by spying for USG. Nevertheless, it is defecting.
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bmaz @DLind @BlanksSlate Wait, what was he on, and why was I not told earlier??
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emptywheel US once (at least once?) staged a coup for Chiquita. Now the banana co is defecting from the country. http://t.co/uKpn66hdS1
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bmaz @jostonjustice @JoshMBlackman @rickhasen @chrisgeidner Time was up a long time ago by 9th Cir standards. We're just more efficient out here!
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